After being forced into the service of Thor, due to Loki's trickery, Roskva and Tjafi get to ride with thor in his cart. They must have been marveling as the world beneath them shrank away and they got to the skies.
the mara is an evil (mostly female) spirit that visits her victims at night. She sits upon them and extracts their life forced. Hence the word nightmare, "nachtmerrie". A person being plagued by such a mara was said to be marerit or ridden by the mare.
A dark elf mage performing dark Seidr magic, The runes are of a set I developped myself, because i didn't want to use real runes for the language and words used in the painting. Intruiged? Just know that the runes are a combination of elder futhark and roman capital letters.
I you get te meaning of the words feel free to add them into the commentary field ;-)
Sandraudiga is Germanic Goddess only known from a single Latin inscription on an altar found in Zundert (The Netherlands). Her name means She who colours the sand red.
Several interpretations to this name have been proposed.
Some claim she must be a battle Goddess, colouring the sand in blood. Others say it has to do with fertility. The fertile grounds in the Zundert Aerea are quite reddish. In order to support their theory they refer to the horn of plenty carved out on her altar. And a last interpretation connects her to the production of iron, the red sands are quite rich in iron and proof of early iron reduction has been found in the neighbourhood of her altar.
So I though, why choose, she might just as well have been Goddess of all these elements. Fertility godesses are often battle godesses as well. And moving from swords to iron isn't hard either.
I've recently written a text on germanic beliefs on afterlife. My conclusion was that ther was no such thing as a single type of afterlife ... . As a matter of fact the way you lived, the way you died it all played an important role in determining the afterlife you would get.